Is Your Kitchen Suitable For Renovation?
If you have a kitchen that you are thinking of replacing and which dates from the 1980’s onward, think again. Perhaps it could be a kitchen renovation project. Kitchen renovation can save a lot of money over a brand new one.
As long as the cabinets are in good condition, it might be possible to restore the appearance of your kitchen to almost new. This can be done by either fitting new doors and panels or by repainting the old ones. Even melamine doors can be lacquered to look better than new. Kitchen renovating is well worth considering before you tear it all out.
A word of warning though, kitchen renovations should be carried out by competent specialists. Kitchen doors will have ingrained stains from food and grease, which means that if they are to be repainted, the preparation has to be meticulous for a long lasting finish. Older kitchens will have worn hinges that will have to be re-placed. Hinges come in a number of makes and opening angles, they also have very particular mounts. Benchtops are notoriously difficult to replace when they have corners.
Choosing the doors
You might of course choose to keep your old doors and just repaint them but don’t be tempted to get your paintbrush out. The only way you’ll get a satisfactory finish is with spray painting by a specialist.
It’s easy to replace the doors altogether. Standard kitchen doors come in a variety of finishes from melamine through vinyl wrap to solid wood. When replacing the doors new hinges are a must.
Choosing A Paint Finish
The correct paint system for a professional, hard wearing finish is a two-pot acid catalysed lacquer. This is sprayed on, preferably in a filtered-air booth by specialist paint finishers or kitchen renovation specialists
If your kitchen renovation project involves re-painting with a lacquer finish, you’ll need to choose the level of gloss finish you prefer. Generally speaking there are three to choose from:
30% Gloss. This might be described as a satin finish; low sheen and soft and smooth to the touch; probably the most common finish in today’s kitchens. This gloss level provides an attractive surface on which grease and finger marks are not so obvious as they would be on full gloss.
50% Gloss. This is more glossy that 30%, does not hide finger marks so well and feels slightly more ‘tacky’ when you run your fingers over it.
90% Gloss. This is the full gloss finish; shiny, shows finger marks and feels slightly ‘tacky’ to the touch. If you do not have young children with sticky fingers and are prepared to wipe down your door fronts regularly, this finish provides a very smart and stylish look, especially with dark or bright colours.
Your lacquer doors will need cleaning every so often. A mild detergent should suffice or one of the non-abrasive proprietary cleaning liquids. Under no circumstances use an abrasive cloth or brush to clean your doors or panels. Be careful with the corners and edges, which are susceptible to damage. Paint chips should be touched up without delay to stop moisture getting under the paint.
Choosing the benchtop
A few years ago the choice for a laminate benchtop the choice would have been to replace it or to spray it. But now a very popular and quite economical option is to re-surface it with a stone veneer. Re-surfacing with stone keeps your existing bench with an attractive new composite stone surface. This is accomplished with 10mm thick stone veneer, cut to size and glued to the surface, sides and ends of the benchtop. Although your old bench is underneath, the impression is of solid stone. See the cutaway image left where you can see the old laminate bench hiding under stone.